It’s time for our 10th annual NJGPA conference on October 24th! Save the date for this special all day event at the Paul Robeson Center, Rutgers University, Newark.

This year we will feature a grant boot camp that will help up and coming grant professionals as well as our veteran members.

In addition to our workshops and seminars, we will hold a special interest meeting to help launch a New York City chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. Our NJ chapter was instrumental in helping to launch the Southeast Pennsylvania (Philly area) chapter of GPA.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our speakers:


Irene Cooper-BaschDr. Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Director of the Victoria Foundation in Newark 
Victoria Foundation (established in 1924 by Hendon Chubb of Chubb Insurance) is one of the oldest private foundations in America.  Today, Victoria Foundation has a two-fold mission: to improve the lives of children and families in need in Newark, New Jersey; and to protect water resources and preserve precious open space statewide. The Victoria Foundation awarded more than $10 million in grants in 2015.


eddielaporteEddie Laporte, Director of the NJ Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives

NJOFBI provides grants to FBCOs in the area of services to At Risk Youth, English as a Second Language, Services to Seniors, Social Entrepreneur and Social Innovation, and TANF Outreach.



JeremyJohnsonJeremy Johnson, Executor Director of the Newark Arts Council 

Jeremy Johnson is a connector and collaborator, driving numerous New Jersey efforts related to philanthropic partnerships and public-private initiatives.  Prior to his new role at the Newark Arts Council, Jeremy was appointed Newark’s first philanthropic liaison in 2007 by then-Mayor Cory A. Booker. He continued as liaison under current Mayor Ras J. Baraka. His work involved bringing together local and national funders to benefit Newark, in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor. Funded by the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, his non-partisan office has leveraged $50 million from public and private sources. Jeremy also served on the leadership team of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for twelve years. At NJPAC, he raised awareness and funds for the $187 million cultural complex which opened in 1997 as a catalyst for Newark’s revitalization.


The Newark Arts Council was created to advance and expand the artistic and cultural resources of the City of Newark. Since its inception, the Newark Arts Council has made over 150 grant awards through the ArtStart Grants Program ranging from $500 – $3,000 and totaling over $400,000!